UK PM Brown presses for 42-day terror detention without charge limit Mike Rosen-Molina at 12:54 PM ET
[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Wednesday vowed to push for the passage of a new anti-terror bill [BBC Q/A] that would allow British authorities to detain terror suspects up to 42 days without charge. Current law only authorizes detention without charge for 28 days [JURIST report], but bill proponents have argued that this time limit endangers national security. The Counter-Terrorism Bill 2008 [draft text, PDF; bill materials] also includes provisions creating a registry of convicted terrorists and making terrorism an "aggravating factor" in sentencing for non-terrorism offenses. Tory and Liberal Democrat MPs have opposed the legislation, fearing it could infringe on civil liberties. The Guardian has more.
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